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Hemp Program

LB657, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts, adopted the Nebraska Hemp Farming Act and amended existing statutes to establish a state hemp program within the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). The legislation gave NDA the authority to regulate the growing, processing, handling and brokering of hemp in Nebraska. To legally grow hemp in Nebraska, interested parties must receive a license from NDA, regardless of the size or purpose for cultivation. Growing, processing, handling, and/or brokering hemp without a license from NDA or a Tribe with a USDA-approved hemp plan is illegal in Nebraska.

Click on the headings to view the documents. To view a list of activities that require a license from the NDA Hemp Program, click here.

Below you will find links to all of the forms and applications associated with the Nebraska Hemp Program. Please read the application guidance document associated with your license type (cultivator or processor-handler) prior to submission. All license applications must be submitted by mail or in-person.



* Due to delays in receiving sealed copies of the FBI Identity History Summary Checks, NDA will now accept digital copies. Please forward the access e-mail or PDF copy of the document received from the FBI for the applicant as well as each key participant/owner to trevor.t.johnson@nebraska.gov. Please include the name of the applicant in the subject line. If NDA suspects the Identity History Summary Check has been altered in any way, a sealed copy from the FBI will be required.

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Updated March 25, 2020